Last week we discussed how scientist use various tools and their senses to both make observations, predictions and conduct experiments (ask questions). This week the students will be making their own observations and recording data as we observe three apples in our apple drying experiment.
Last week we made predictions about which apple we thought would dry the fastest: whole apple with skin, whole apple without skin or a chopped up apple. We will measure each apple each day with a scale and cubes. We are going to use this time to practice making accurate measurements and making accurate drawings of the apples. I will be doing a lot of modeling during this experiment so they understand the expectations of an experiment like this. We will conclude on Friday, answering questions about which apple dried the fastest and why we think this. We will also interpret what we think would happen if we did this with oranges.
Next week each table will pick a fruit and do the same experiment (more independently). They will vote this Friday on what fruit their table will do!